DEEP-JEWELS has announced Wednesday an eight woman grand prix that will start February 21 to crown a new 106 champion. The title was vacated by Seo Hee Ham when she signed to the UFC late last year.
Among the announced participants are former Valkyrie champion and veteran fighter Mei Yamaguchi (12-8); and the former interim D-J 115 champion Emi Tomimatsu (8-9). Tomimatsu will be making her atomweight debut in the tournament.
Also slated to take part in the tournament: Tomo Maesawa (4-4), Ayaka Miura (1-1), Satomi Takano (4-5), Mina Kurobe (4-0), Yukiko Seki (13-24), and Masako Yoshida (18-20). A reserve bout has also been announced between Miyoko Kusaka (5-8) and Miki Araki (nee Pan Hui) (1-0).
Conspicuous by their absences are former 106 champion Naho Sugiyama and current #2 Unified ranked atomweight Ayaka Hamasaki. Hamasaki’s non-participation fuels speculation she will be fighting on the next InvictaFC card; if not in a title match, a match that would be a title eliminator. Sugiyama has also fought under the Invicta banner and could see action as well.
We will have complete coverage of the pairings and the event in the coming weeks.
DEEP-JEWELS strawweight contender Emi Tomimatsu will return to action November 9th as she takes on hometown fighter Hyo Kyung Sung at RoadFC in Korea.
Tomimatsu (7-8) is coming off a loss to Mizuki Inoue in a match for the D-J 115 title. She is looking to jump start her career again after having back to back wins before the loss.
Song (1-4) got her first MMA win in July by TKO over Hazuki Kimura.
Amy Montenegro will be looking for her 5th win as a pro taking on Denver’s Diana Rael in Worley, Idaho November 13th for King of the Cage.
Montenegro (4-1) has gotten three of her four wins by submission. Rael (5-3) will be moving up to 115 for the fight, having back to back finishes in her last two fights.
British Judoka Jaye Hayes will look for her 4th amateur win in MMA talking on Sinead Kavanagh at SBG Ireland December 6th for the British bantamweight title. Hayes has defeated all of her opponents in under two minutes, with her latest coming by 38 second TKO in September. With a win, speculation is she will turn pro.
InvictaFC fighter Charmaine Tweet was on the Fight Network’s MMA Meltdown show. She was the first Invitca fighter to do the show.
TUF 20 won’t be on this coming Wednesday like this past week due to the Major League Baseball playoffs. Should be back October 22.
InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp told us a location for InvictaFC 10 is being finalized and the card itself will “blow people away”. It won’t be in Denver, but expect a card there next year.
Sara McMann tweeted she will maybe facing Miesha Tate like she wanted. Match announcement should be forthcoming.
The Australian reality show “Wimp2Warrior” is expecting to ink a deal with an US tv network shortly ahead of their US vs. Canada season.
Several organizations have stated they have all female cards in the works. Some news soon.
Two matches are set for RFA’s card Friday night in Prior Lake, MN.
Jocelyn Lybarger (3-1) will look for win #4 as she takes on undefeated Rebecca Ruth (2-0). Both made weight Thursday.
Lybarger is coming off a decision win over Rosa Acevedo this past April. Ruth has back to back first round TKOs.
The other match sees top 10 atomweight Cassie Rodish take on Raquel Magdaleno. Originally set for 105, Magdaleno missed weight by 4 pounds and the match will be at a catchweight. Rodish will receive 20% of Magdaleno fight purse.
Lybarger versus Acevedo will kick off the main card which will air on AXS TV. Rodish and Magdaleno will be on the untelevised prelims, but may air if time permits.
In other pro bouts:
In a trio of bouts at BAMMA: Badbeat 13 in Canyonville, Oregon, Misha Nassiri takes on Alyssa Garcia, Maria Rios faces Ashley Yoder, and Melanie Lacroix battles Christina Marks
Helen Harper fights Nayra Acosta at SUFN 2 in England
At Prime Fighting 4 in Ridgefield, WA, Emily Corso takes on Katie Howard. In amateur action, Alison Barnett faces Lisa Spangler and Kimberly Post battles Melinda Stalnaker
Isabelly Varela fights Polyana Viana at Gigante Fight 2 in Brazil
Fight Hard MMA has eight female fights lined up on Saturday in St. Charles, MO. The main event features the finals of their bantamweight tournament. Inspiration fighter of the year Susie Wyatt will also be in action.
Here is the complete card:
Ronni Lawrence vs Michelle Pearce
Sheena Brandenburg vs Susie Wyatt
Rebecca Adney vs Maritza Reyes
Autumn Lamle vs Andrea Whtiney
Shawna Tyler vs Gabrielle Labbee
Rachel Stockham vs Liz Turpin
Katherine Grasshopper vs Shawna Stevenson
Kira Franke vs Cassandra Burton
In other amateur bouts:
In a pair of bots at Spar Star Promotions in Inglewood, California, Aiko Ewing takes Farren Romero and Danielle Mack faces Paola Ramirez
Kendra Bukovac battles Anna Dempster at CageQuest in Lakewood, Washington
At CFL HD in Adelanto, California, Allenita Perez fights Daria Berenato
Shaianna Rincon takes on Brooke Mayo at Central Coast Throwdown in Salinas, California
Csilla Nemedi will battle Jasmina Nadj for vacant WBF bantamweight title in Budapest, Hungary Saturday.
Nemedi (7-0) has finished all but one opponent in her unblemished career. Nadj (3-3) is coming off a win over Nada Miladinov and is looking for the upset.
In other boxing action:
In Saarland, Germany, Elvira Alberti battles Caroline Thea Andre
Alejandra Jimenez dukes it out with Claudia Ramirez in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
In Abruzzo, Italy, Michele Crudetti faces Luca Genovese